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GETTING SHARPER AND SHARPER

4 March 2016

Iron striker Tom Hopper says he's getting back to where he feels he should be, after his long injury lay-off earlier on in the campaign.

The former Leicester frontman suffered a dislocated shoulder before the turn of the new year, but he stated he's almost back to the level where he wants to be.

He told Scunthorpe-United.co.uk: "I think I came back very well from the injury and I was really pleased. I'm still really pleased with how I'm playing and the performances are getting to where I want them to be.

"I still think I need to improve on the general sharpness, which I think is nearly there. It's just those fine little margins now which just need to go in my favour and our favour as a team, and we'll keep picking up victories and scoring loads of goals."

Since returning to the side, the 22-year-old has been ever present, but was a substitute in Tuesday night's away fixture with Walsall and Hopper feels the rest will probably do him the world of good.

"I was aware it was going to happen, as Nick (Daws) had spoken to me prior to it. As I'd played a lot of games in a short space of time since the injury, maybe it had started to creep up," he said.

"So hopefully it'll benefit me in the run in and benefit the team. I'll be working hard and getting my head down to get back into the team."

The Iron take on Gillingham on Saturday at Glanford Park in a match which Hopper believes the hosts should go into full of confidence, given the display which United gave in the reverse fixture back in October.

"Considering how we played down at their place earlier on in the season, I feel it was one of our best performances of the campaign and we were very frustrated not to take three points from there. So we're confident enough in what we're doing to believe that we can turn over anyone," he stated.

"I don't think you can look too much into it, they're a good team. I think anyone can have a bad run in this league and you can look at form, but in some cases you can't. You can't just turn up here, you've got to bring everything and we'll do that."

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